The title of “life coach” is a relatively new term that’s been assigned to an ages-old practice of helping others to identify their goals and empower individuals to achieve them. Life coaches may also be called mentors or advisors and can come in the form of a professional, a friend, or a family member. There is no limit as to who can become a life coach for another person, so you certainly don’t need to rely on the over-hyped TV “gurus” who seem to care about little more than relieving you of the contents of your wallet.
A life coach is someone who has a good head on their shoulders, who can look at your situation from the outside and provide valuable insight. More than that, they can help to direct you when you feel directionless, motivate you when staying committed is difficult, and celebrate with you when you achieve your goals.
Most people cringe away at the thought of bringing a life coach into their lives, but the fact is that many successful people who have hired life coaches are grateful for their involvement. Continue reading to understand the numerous benefits of life coaching.
You’re Held Accountable
Like a personal trainer at the gym makes you keep track of your diet and exercise routine, a life coach expects you to track your steps toward success and share both your accomplishments and struggles. They help you to define realistic, but not lazy, aspirations and create a plan of action to get the results that you want. When we’re left to our own devices, it is easy to fail to hold ourselves accountable. The presence of another person who has a vested interest in your success will motivate you in ways that most people just don’t care to do – or feel that they cannot do – on their own.
You Waste Less Time
When a person knows what they want to achieve but has no idea how to get there, a lot of time can be wasted on failed plans of action. Discouragement, disappointment and apathy can rear their ugly heads and stifle a person’s progress – or even halt it completely. By creating an attainable and practical roadmap to success, life coaches provide the most direct of directions so that your valuable time is never wasted.
You Become Exposed to New Ideas
Let’s face it: No one person can think of everything, no matter how smart or worldly they are. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to introduce an idea into the equation. Our limited experiences, beliefs and perspectives close off our minds to all of the possibilities in front of us. A life coach, however, can be exactly the right person to open up the door of possibility and challenge what you believe to be your own limits.
You Don’t Have to Face Unexpected Challenges Alone
Even the best-laid plans can be upended by a sudden, seismic life change. Personal and professional challenges can emerge at any time, leaving a person wondering how they’re going to accomplish their goals when their thoughts are being pulled into so many directions. A life coach will be able to help you to prioritize what’s going on, evaluate the situation from a practical (rather than emotional) standpoint and provide motivational support when times get tough.
A Professional Life Coaching is Confidential
Sometimes, it’s best not to rely on friends and family members to guide us during our struggles. There is no guarantee of confidentiality with a loved one, even if you’re sure that they have only your best interests in mind. Professional life coaches, while not doctors or therapists necessarily, adhere to a strict code of conduct that includes protecting the privacy of the people they are coaching.
Call Dr. Clare Albright, Psy.D., CA Psychologist License PSY11660 at (949) 454-0996 at http://DrCAlbright.com